Chandigarh: As many as 93 women candidates
are in the fray for the Punjab Assembly polls with Congress
fielding a maximum of 11 nominees from the fair sex followed
by ruling SAD - 10.
Of the total 1,080 candidates in the fray for the 117
assembly seats going to polls on January 30, BJP has fielded
three women candidates. Twenty-four women are contesting on
tickets given by other parties, while 45 are contesting as
Congress' Muktsar candidate 60-year-old Karan Kaur Brar
has declared total assets at Rs 128 crore, making her the
Navjot Kaur Sidhu (48), wife of cricketer-turned-
politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is contesting from Amritsar
(East) also features among the wealthiest candidates with
assets worth over Rs 22 crore.
Apart from Navjot Kaur and Brar, the daughter-in-law of
former chief minister Harcharan Singh Brar, there are several
other candidates with influential backgrounds.
While Congress' Gurdaspur MP Pratap Singh Bajwa's wife
Charanjeet Kaur Bajwa (52) has been fielded from Qadian,
party's Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee's wife Suman (55)
has been accommodated from Jalandhar West reserved seat.
SAD has fielded Kuldeep Kaur Tohra (58), kin of late
Akali veteran Gurcharan Singh Tohra, from Patiala Rural.
Among other women candidates are CPI's Lovleen Kaur
Chahal (56), contesting from Sujanpur in Pathankot district,
and former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (66), who is
seeking re-election from Lehra on Congress ticket.